So Long NYFW—See You In February

As we say hello to one season (we’re talking to you A/W 11!) it’s time to say goodbye to another. The nonstop action of Spring ’12 at NYFW has wrapped, and what a fete it’s been! From the stunning collections (too many to name), to the way-beyond-after-parties (can you say Karaoke strip club?) to the unexpected cameos (Kirstie Alley’s modeling debut!) it’s been quite the week. If you weren’t able to keep up with all that went down, no worries, we’ve got you covered. Here are the top moments of Spring ‘12 NYFW.
Anna Wintour & Kylie Minaj NYFW
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Since the week was all about fashion, shall we start with the clothes? Spring ’12 is going to be comfortable. Form-fitting knit dresses that not only hug your curves, but provide a cozy finish were shown by Rebecca Taylor, Jen Kao and Rag & Bone. Slouchy pants meant to drape not confine were shown by Theyskens’ Theory, Jeremy Laing and Carolina Herrera. And sportswear has reached a new level of, well, sportiness. Mesh fabrications and streamlined hoodies were shown by Alexander Wang, Band of Outsiders and Charlotte Ronson. There’s even athletic inspired dresses! Cynthia Rowley, Monique Lhuillier and Vera Wang added touches of active wear to their elegant collections. Also coming this spring: midi lengths, bold prints and bright colors. Most of the shows featured one if not all of these trends. Thank you designers!
But not all of the spectacle took place on the catwalks—there was a host of happenings on the sidelines. The front rows, filled with a bevy of celebs, created their own parade of hard-hitting fashion. Calvin Klein had Lara Stone, Ashley Greene, Chloe Moretz, Naomi Watts and Uma Thurman perched front and center. At Oscar de la Renta, Anna Wintour played BFF to Nikki Minaj, while real pals Rachel Zoe and Joe Zee shared a laugh. Of course Justin Timberlake was there to take it all in. Marchesa didn’t fall short of an A-list crew with Emma Roberts, Kelly Osbourne, Michelle Trachtenberg, Bar Refaeli, Naomi Campbell and Selita Banks at the helm. Winning the award for biggest FW attendees? LeAnn Rimes and Corinne Bailey-Rae. Both were ubiquitous throughout the week.
And for the after parties? Let’s just say the fash-pack likes to play hard. Former French Vogue editrix Carine Roitfeld sang karaoke to George Michael’s “Careless Whisper” while throwing back shots of  tequila with her daughter Julia Restoin-Roitfeld. Blow up dolls were the prop du jour at Alexander Wang’s frat-party, and Lady Gaga, showing up a fashionable 2 hours late, performed “Just Dance” a cappella at Marc Jacobs.